The City of Omaha is preparing to begin work on a key part of a South Omaha Trail section connecting the Field Club and Keystone Trails.
Dennis Bryers, Parks and Recreation planner, said the city has purchased a storage unit near 42nd and D Streets that will be razed to make way for Phase 2 of the South Omaha Trail and eventually an access trail head and parking lot.
The trail head will be situated about midway between the Field Club and Keystone Trails, he said, and Phase 2 of the trail will connect the two popular walking, jogging and biking trails.
Bryers said the city has been unable to contact four or five people who were storing items out of the 70 units near 42nd and D Streets. The city purchased the storage unit at the end of December 2012, he said, and all contents must be out by May 15. The city will put any leftover items up for auction or discard them.
Phase 1 of the South Omaha trail, a section about three miles in length, was completed and dedicated last summer. It runs from about Karen Park near 63rd and Bancroft Streets east to about South 45th and Dayton, which is the general area where the new South Omaha Trail head and access parking lot will be located.
Phase 2 of the South Omaha trail will connect the Keystone Trail at the 45th and Dayton area east to the Field Club Trail at South 35th and Vinton, Bryers said. Work on Phase 2, which will run about two miles, could begin sometime in late summer.